One of the first thoughts that cross your mind when you hear the word Thailand are the amazing resorts you can find there that are less than half the price you would pay anywhere in Europe. At the same time that I was booking my flight to Phuket, I had a second browser window open where I was researching 5* hotels on the island.
My requirements? It had to be one with a Thai vibe, not very secluded but away from the tourist attractions so we could feel a sense of privacy (since it was our first time on the island) and duh… luxurious as hell.
You think that’s too much to ask? Well… thank God for Mandarava Resort and Spa – a true crest of senses.
Located in Karon beach and on the top of a beautiful lush and green hill, Mandarava is made up of multiple properties that consist of luxurious Thai style villas scattered around a beautiful jungle-like setting. It also offers five gorgeous pools – my favorite being Mango pool– a lovely spa, a small indoor playground for children and great food options in its amazing restaurants.
It’s only a 10-minute walk away from Karon’s shopping and restaurant street and a 5-minute walk from the beach! Also note that travel agencies do not charge you extra for pick-ups and drop-offs. Since Karon is considered one of the popular areas, that service is included in the price! WIN!
There’s also a free shuttle bus service to Patong in case you want to see that area too (you won’t miss much if you don’t TBH), again, on the house from your lovely resort.
More reasons to choose Mandarava:
1) The interior décor is simple yet oozes luxury. The cleaning staff leaves your room spotless and scented every single day by lighting a candle with essential oils in your bathroom, burning slowly. Ah the princess treatment! I can still remember that smell.
2) Although fully booked while we were there, neither the resort nor the pools felt overcrowded, not for a second! That, and the quietness are another plus in my books.
3) Mandarava’s staff is truly exemplary, from the gardeners, to the waiters to the room service staff. Everyone has a genuine smile on their faces and they are always happy and ready to assist you. I’d give them an 11 out of 10 for their staff.
4) Did I mention they have golf carts/open mini vans to transfer you from the lobby to your suite?
Oh yes. They are THAT good. So if you ever find yourself in Phuket and you need an oasis to relax in, choose Mandarava Resort and Spa and the experience will not disappoint you!! I promise!